Arctic and International Relations Series

A partnership between the Canadian Studies Center/Arctic and International Relations and the Future of Ice initiative at the University of Washington is dedicated to translating scholarship into policy options to enhance international cooperation in the Arctic and the inclusion of Arctic Indigenous peoples in decision making for the region. The Center and Future of Ice host on-going workshops, symposia, and conferences and produce Arctic and International Affairs Series to address issues that challenge cooperation in the Arctic and suggest policy options for the future. Also see our video series here.

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Recent Publications:

Spring 2017, Issue #5 – Arctic Indigenous Economies
ISSN 2470-3966

AIRS Issue 5 CoverThe Arctic has long been a site of global economic activity, particularly during the years of the whaling industry and fur trade. Today, in what has been referred to as a post-land-claims environment, traditional livelihoods are integrated with Arctic Indigenous-owned businesses to create a uniquely Arctic economic model. While the Arctic has historically been treated as a resource for the benefit of domestic and global economies, increasingly those who call the region home are defining a distinct economic model and determining how they will interact globally. How Arctic Indigenous people organize economically is a new frontier in international relations and one this issue of Arctic and International Relations  addresses.

Contributors: J. Arteau, B. Ayles, K. Aspen Gavenus, E. Bell, M. Dumas, N. Fabbi, R. Freeman-Blakeslee, L. Kruesel, S. Lyall, A. Moorhouse, C. Nakoolak, O. Ndikumana, J. Park, B. Ray, J. Simpson, C. Watt, and E. Wessells.

Past Publications:

Fall 2016, Issue #4 – The Many Faces of Energy in the Arctic
ISSN 2470-7414

This issue of Arctic and International Relations Series is dedicated to the long-standing relationship between the Canadian Studies Center, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, and the Foundation for Educational Exchange Between Canada and the United States of America, Ottawa (Fulbright Canada); and the more recent collaboration between the our Center and the Fulbright Program, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, United States Department of State.

Contributors: G. Hoogensen Gjørv, A.M. Hansen, G.P. Holdmann, N. Johnson, B. Már Magnússon, G. Poelzer, L. Sokka, M. Tysiachniouk.

Fall 2016, Issue #3 – Young and Emerging Scholars! 
ISSN 2470-7414

Welcome to our first Young and Emerging Scholars issue, featuring the work of undergraduate and graduate students pursuing the study of Arctic issues at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies (Jackson School). These young or emerging scholars are from diverse backgrounds and have wide-ranging scholarly interests. Yet all have a keen interest in understanding the enhanced role of the Arctic in international relations – both as a focus of and a new voice in global geopolitics. The undergraduate policy papers in Part I are extracted from much longer research papers that formed a 200-plus-page report assessing the status of the Arctic Council in its 20th year. The graduate student papers in Part II were developed in response to the current theme of “One Arctic,” adopted by the US chair of the Council. Both the Jackson School’s JSIS 495 Task Force on the Arctic and the JSIS 600 One Arctic courses engaged students in pedagogical approaches unique to our Center and School – study-in-Canada or immersion experiences and policy-relevant research.

Contributors: K. Brewster, E. Castro, R. Freeman, J. Habenicht, L. Heckenlively, M. Kilani, I. Laohajaratsang, D. Moore, J. Park, B. Ray, A. Rutz, K. Siebert, Y. Wang, J. Young.

Spring 2016, Issue #2 – The Arctic Council at Twenty
ISSN  2470-7414

The Arctic Council is the leading intergovernmental forum promoting cooperation, coordination, and interaction among the Arctic nation-states, Arctic Indigenous organizations, and other Arctic inhabitants on challenges to the region. The Arctic Council is a unique international forum both historically and globally. It is the first international institution formed in dialogue with Indigenous peoples and the first where nation-states and Indigenous organizations work on almost equal par to provide coordination for international decision making concerning the circumpolar world.

Contributors: J. Arteau, F. Griffiths, J.D. Kim, J. Kim, T. Leschine, S. Montgomery, S. Myers, H. Nicol, B. Ray, O. Young.

Fall 2015, Issue #1 – Québec Policy on the Arctic: Challenges and Perspectives
ISSN  2470-7414

Québec is an important part of the circumpolar world. It is the only province in Canada that has a vast Arctic territory where approximately 16 percent of the world’s Inuit reside. Québec is a leader in Arctic affairs both in Canada and globally and has a unique relationship with the Inuit of Nunavik (Nunavimmiut). The Québec–Nunavik relationship is a model for a dynamic relationship between a subnational government and an Indigenous region. It provides a model for Arctic nation-states, subnational regions, the Arctic Council, and the Arctic Indigenous–Qallunaat (outsider) relationship globally. In this report, scholars and practitioners discuss the Québec–Nunavik relationship, including its history; current economic, environmental and social challenges; and considerations for the future.

Contributors: L. Arragutainaq, R. Bone, N. Fabbi, C. Fletcher, V. Gallucci, J. Heath, M. McEachern, D. Patrick, J. Plouffe, E. Ready, T. Rodon, M. Watson, G. Wilson.